Snooker chief calls for worldwide regulated betting

Snooker chief calls for worldwide regulated betting

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Snooker chief calls for worldwide regulated betting

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA, the global governing body for snooker and billiards, has called for regulated gambling to be introduced worldwide in a bid to clamp down on illegal betting and match fixing.

Ferguson was speaking at the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit, a sports industry gathering in Sochi, Russia. The Convention is organised by SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for more than 100 international sports federations and organisations, and many of the governing bodies were in attendance.

At the Convention, SportAccord’s Integrity and Social Responsibility team held a meeting, which is where Ferguson made his point.

“If there is one message that I would like to get across it is that we need regulated betting in every country in the world,” he said.

“That will pay for the problem and it will get us the information we need to deal with it. You people have stood up to be counted on this and we hope that sport across the world can do the same.”

During the session, issues raised from the floor included the time and cost of pursuing sports integrity breaches with the police and the courts and the difficulties in convincing some smaller nations to make a priority of tackling the threat posed by match-fixing.

Sarah Lacarrière, SportAccord’s integrity project officer, was joined on a panel by Kristof Szucs, SportAccord’s integrity adviser; Gianluca Siracusano, SportAccord’s integrity and legal officer; Dr Keith Gilbert, an academic specialising in sport and a contributor to the new booklet; and Alex Inglot, head of communications at Sportradar.

“There was a lot of interaction from the audience and that is what we wanted because it shows that sharing practices and concerns is valuable for IFs, particularly those who don’t have much experience with these matters,” Lacarrière said.

“The interest in the subject is very high and it may be that the next step will be to organise a bigger session at the next SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit.”

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